Department of Family Services – Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

703-324-7500
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,
Director

Study Buddy Program Partners with Homework Helpers Organization (H2Org)

Meet members of the Homework Helpers Organization (H2Org).

Arya Adake

Arya AdakeArya is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology with a passion for neuroscience and teaching. She was a middle school tutor with Homework Helpers, where her experience tutoring one of the only kindergarteners in the program inspired her to continue her journey. She looks at each tutoring session as an opportunity to build a connection with a tutee and spark enthusiasm for learning within each child. Arya also believes that she can learn from every tutee and uses constructive feedback and positive reinforcement while teaching to make the experience more fulfilling for both tutor and tutee. She is interested in studying neuroscience in the future and is especially fascinated by neuropsychology and how it can influence learning. Outside the classroom, Arya can be found practicing dance, reading classic novels, or writing; she has published a book of original poetry and continually seeks inspiration in the world around her.

Neha Asuri

Neha AsuriNeha is a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Her favorite subjects are science, English, and music, as she plays the viola as part of TJHSST’s orchestra. She is an active member of her school’s Model UN and Future Health Professionals Club, and she is an editor of TJHSST’s literary magazine, Threshold. Outside of school, she is an avid reader, writer, and competitive dancer. She has been a part of Homework Helpers since seventh grade and teaching children is her passion. Neha hopes to make a positive impact in her community through volunteering and using her skills to teach future students. In the future, she plans to pursue a pre-med track to become a medical doctor. 

Nathaniel Casotti

Nathaniel CasottiNathaniel is a senior at Chantilly High School. His favorite subjects are math and science. Nathaniel has been on the debate team since the seventh grade and currently serves as a captain of the Public Forum debate team. He recently became an officer of the Spanish Honor Society and continues to tutor in the Chantilly Writing Center. For fun he enjoys reading, board games, tennis, and spending time outdoors. Nathaniel joined Homework Helpers in the seventh grade, tutoring elementary school children on a weekly basis. He feels the Homework Helpers organization provides mutual growth for both the members as well as those they are helping. Nathaniel is excited to help promote the benefits of this organization to other schools in the county, as well as serve as a tutor for the Study Buddy program.

Tharun Dilliraj

Tharun DillarajTharun Dilliraj is currently a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He recently joined Homework Helpers but has previous tutoring experience from First Tech Challenge (FTC) outreach. His favorite subject is math, and he hopes to major in computer science in college. His favorite part of teaching is helping kids overcome particularly challenging obstacles and watching them use what he teaches them to solve those problems. Teaching kids has been educational for him as well. Coming up with new and creative ways of teaching allows him to reapply some of those techniques to teach others. He is excited to tutor with the Homework Helpers Program!

Akshath Karthikeyan

Akshath KarthikeyanAkshath is a sophomore at Centreville High School. He loves to play tennis, violin and spend time with his friends. Akshath joined Homework Helpers in eighth grade at Rocky Run Middle School. He tutored elementary school students in math and loved when students were able to understand and improve their math skills. Akshath has really enjoyed tutoring students, so he continues to be a part of Homework Helpers and give back to the community.

Kaavya Karthikeyan

Kaavya KarthikeyanKaavya is a junior at Chantilly High School. Her passions are dancing and singing. She loves exploring science and learning how things work. In her free time, Kaavya loves to spend time with her friends and explore the outdoors. She wants to major in Biology when she goes to college because she loves the sciences. Kaavya was previously a volunteer with Homework Helpers at Rocky Run Middle School. When she got to high school, she couldn't wait to join Homework Helpers again. She loves to help in her community, so she teaches young children dance at her dance studio. She not only loves teaching but her favorite thing is learning through her tutees. She learns a lot about the different ways people understand material, and she has picked up lots of creative methods for solving problems. Kaavya is excited for another year of Study Buddy Tutoring!

Kyra Kishore

Kyra Kishore  Kyra Kishore is a junior at Centreville High School. She loves to dance, sing, write, and run. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the law and linguistics, and hanging out with her friends. She started tutoring younger students through Homework Helpers when she was in seventh grade. She enjoyed being a tutor while in middle school, and she was excited to have the opportunity to help again in high school. After all these years, Kyra has learned so much from her tutees and is glad that she was able to help them. Kyra also has several years of experience as a volunteer teacher with children at her dance school, and she loves it. She enjoys being able to learn about each child and the wonderful, unique skills each of them has. She is very excited to be a part of the Study Buddy program again this year!

Vasudha Koneru

Vasudha KoneruVasudha is a sophomore at Chantilly High School. She has been a part of the Homework Helpers club since seventh grade. Vasudha’s favorite subject is science, particularly biology and chemistry, and she likes participating in extracurricular activities that are related to science. She is also very passionate about dancing, and in her free time she likes to play basketball and badminton. Vasudha enjoys debate and plans to continue throughout high school. She is excited to help children in her community in various ways. Two years ago, Vasudha joined a program called PURE Youth and started a chapter in Virginia where she has helped underprivileged kids by organizing fundraisers and events to get donations for children in need. She joined this program because she likes working with children and helping them do better in school. The Study Buddy program not only benefits the students, but it helps her as much as she helps them. Vasudha learns new methods and strategies to help tutees understand their material and progress in their learning. She is very excited to be a part of Study Buddy, so she can benefit children in the community through tutoring in various subjects.

Nidhish Jayapal Mahesh

Nidhish Jayapal MaheshNidhish is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He loves to play football and spend time with friends. His favorite subjects are math and science, and he wants to study medicine in college. Nidhish recently joined Homework Helpers but has been involved with volunteering and teaching kids for a while, through First Tech Challenge (FTC), non-profit organizations, and coaching basketball. Coaching has really taught him how to connect with younger kids and understand them better to make the teaching and learning experience smoother. He loves to make the learning experience fun for his tutees, as it keeps them more engaged and interested. Tutoring is also an opportunity for Nidhish to learn skills and techniques that will be useful for him in the future. Nidhish believes that every person is different and has different learning styles. While tutoring, he gets to know his tutees and works with them to find a method that helps them learn concepts in a way that suits them. That way his tutees are engaged and have fun while still learning. Nidhish is really excited for his upcoming years with the Homework Helpers Program.

Ronit Manchanda

Ronit MachandaRonit is a sophomore at Fairfax High School. He loves to play basketball, soccer, and hang out with his friends. His favorite subject is science, and he wants to major in Mechanical Engineering in college. This is Ronit’s first year doing Homework Helpers. He wanted to do the Homework Helpers program to help kids with their homework and help them do better in school. Ronit is learning many skills from tutoring in the Study Buddy program such as patience and cooperation.

Sachith Mankala

Sachith MankalaSachith is a junior at Fairfax High School. Sachith began tutoring with the Homework Helpers Organization in the seventh grade at Rocky Run Middle School. He has tutored in multiple subjects and enjoys helping others through tutoring. In his free time, you can catch him playing football or basketball or practicing his cello. Sachith is also a strong advocate for STEM. He has great respect for the field and he has based all his high school classes around these subjects. Sachith hopes to grow as an individual in the Homework Helpers Organization and continue to tutor for many more years.

Simar Narula

Simar NarulaSimar is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. While in middle school, Simar joined the Homework Helpers tutoring program where she loved working with tutees from different schools. As a strong advocate for STEM, she has loved dedicating her time to helping others learn about subjects like science and math. She loves helping out her in her community by mentoring kids in elementary and middle school, assisting the elderly at her temple, and volunteering her time at various different organizations. In her free time, Simar loves playing competitive basketball, writing, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. Simar is excited to work with others and help them succeed through the Study Buddy program.

Shriya Ramaka

Shriya RamakaShriya is a junior at Chantilly High School. Her favorite subjects are math and science and wants to attend a seven-year medical program after high school. She loves to teach and has been a tutor since sixth grade when she helped elementary schoolers with Spanish. Shriya joined the Homework Helpers Organization team in eighth grade at Rocky Run Middle School. She has also tutored as a part of the CHS Math Honor Society and Caelus Computing, where she helped elementary and high schoolers with math and Java. Through her different teaching experiences, she has gained a lot of insight on how to deal with difficult situations and how to be a creative and engaging teacher. In her free time, Shriya likes to dance and sing and is the safety captain for her high school’s robotics team. She loves tutoring for the Study Buddy Program!

Sanjana Subbanna

Sanjana SubbannaSanjana is a senior at Chantilly High School. Her favorite subjects are science and math, and she is an aspiring medical professional. Sanjana is passionate about teaching because it has opened her eyes to the value of empathy and compassion. She began as a Homework Helpers’ tutor helping students at Rocky Run Middle School, and she decided to continue the program in high school because of how much she loved the experience. Her goal is to add value to her student’s life by inspiring a passion for learning and teaching foundational skills that will lead to each student’s success. Sanjana is a part of many service clubs such as Red Cross that have solidified her interest in helping her community thrive. Outside of school, Sanjana loves to play and coach volleyball, bake with her sister, and paint.

Akanksha Tibrewala

Akanksha TibrewalaAkanksha is a junior at Chantilly High School. She loves to play basketball, dance, and hang out with her friends. Her favorite subject is science, and she wants to major in Biology in college. Akanksha became a tutor with Homework Helpers in seventh grade at Rocky Run Middle School. There, she tutored elementary school children in whatever subject they needed. She wanted to join this program to help kids do better in school and to give back to the community, because she loves the feeling of satisfaction when a tutee says, “I finally understand!” Akanksha says that this program is not only a learning experience for the tutees but also for her. She learns so much patience from the tutoring sessions as well as different ways of teaching a concept. Akanksha is continuing to help in the program through Study Buddy and promoting this wonderful organization!

Gurinder Vasanta

Gurinder VasantaGurinder is a junior at Chantilly High School. He is very interested in machine learning, data science, and artificial intelligence. He plans to major in computer science in college. Recently, he coded a machine learning algorithm to predict future stock prices and spends most of his free time either coding or playing the piano. He has also played the piano since he was 4 years old and got to play in Carnegie Hall in New York for 4 years. He is also a very active member of the Technology Student Association chapter at Chantilly High School. Gurinder has been a part of the Homework Helpers Organization since he was in seventh grade. He is absolutely enthralled to pass on his knowledge to the curious elementary and middle schoolers that enter the program. He believes that the organization has several dedicated tutors, whose common goal is to empower the younger generation of innovators to do great things.

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